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STEM Announcements for February

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under STEM

So much is happening is the world of STEM. Not only is Pi Day a month away, but Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is coming on Feb 27. There’s also funding and training available for STEM programs.

Pi Day – How are you celebrating?

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. This year’s Pi Day is particularly special because the date will be 3/14/15. Celebrate at 9:26 for bonus points! Traditional celebrations include fun math games with circles, eating all kinds of pies (including pizza pie), and Einstein lookalike contests (Einstein’s birthday happens to be March 14th).

If you’d like to connect math and fitness (and really, who wouldn’t?), Piraeus Consulting in Seattle is sponsoring a Pi Day fun run, or you can join a virtual Pi Day 5K at www.pi5k.com Pi Day is a great opportunity to share the fun of math with children and youth. We’re not due for another Pi Day of quite this magnitude for another hundred years.

If you have a celebration planned, we would love to hear about it / see photos! Send those, or any questions about the day to Krista at kgalloway@schoolsoutwashington.org


Free training for providers who want to teach youth to code, but don’t have the experience

The Youth Apps Challenge is an exciting competition for middle and high school students across Washington, offering them a chance to design and build apps for tablets and smartphones! Teams of up to five students are eligible to participate, with prizes that include tablets, visits to local technology companies, and more. Training is Seattle Feb 13 by The Youth Apps Challenge. Learn to teach your students how to code apps, even if you yourself have no prior experience. To sign up or for more information, contact Drew Atkins at drew@technology-alliance.com or 206-389-7320


Sign the petition to end the global gender technology gap

The National Girls Collaborative Project is collaborating with UN Women joining a global campaign to demand equal access to and control of technology for women and girls worldwide. Women and girls have the ability and ingenuity to ignite change – but may be limited unless they are equal players in science and technology. Women around the globe are too often excluded from the global technology revolution. The result: more inequality, less innovation, and solutions that leave women out. Sign the petition to end the global gender technology gap today to make sure women and girls are at the center of the science and technology revolution.


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Nationwide; February 26, 2015

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day serves as a call to action to focus on getting more girls into the engineering and technology fields. Find events near you, learn how to start an event, and explore resources to encourage girls in engineering.


Save the Date: Engage Youth in STEM with SciGirls! A PNWGCP Professional Development Forum

April 25, 2015, Seattle, WA

Save the date and join us at the Museum of Flight on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for a full-day professional development forum hosted by the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project focused on integrating inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.

Participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. Registration information coming soon.


Electric Airplane Capstone Challenge

April 25, 2015, Seattle, WA

At this event students will learn, collaborate, and compete in a challenge to design, build, and fly an electric, tethered airplane that will carry the most cargo. The event will also include STEM mentors, a keynote speaker, and an awards ceremony.

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Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington State once they complete their degrees. The application period is from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015. Learn More.

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Show Us Your STEM

It’s your turn to shine. Change the Equation is looking for stories, video, photos, etc. that answer the question “What does STEM literacy mean to you?” Collected content will be used to show how important STEM literacy is to all of us.

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